Russian Defense Ministry to Order 32 Shipborne Helicopters in 2014 – Official.
VLADIVOSTOK, October 9 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Defense Ministry is planning to buy 32 shipborne helicopters from Russian Helicopters’ Progress Arsenyev division, a Deputy Defense Minister said Wednesday during a visit to the factory.
“These helicopters are to undergo final testing in 2014. If all goes well, we are ready to order them,” Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov said during a visit to the producer in Russia’s Far East, without specifying the type in question.
Progress Arsenyev will make 143 helicopters by 2020, the deputy minister added. “The work ahead is difficult, since the order really is large. But we expect it to be fulfilled to the highest standards and to deadline,” he said.
Progress Arsenyev produces both Kamov Ka-52 military attack helicopters and Ka-62 light civil helicopters, according to its website. The Russian armed forces have previously said they will deploy the Ka-52 on the new Mistral-class amphibious assault ships, currently under construction.
The Berkuty (Golden Eagles) helicopter display team, flying their Mi-28N “Night Stalker” helicopters, performed complex aerobatics on the eve of Army Aviation Day. The ace helicopter pilots took to the sky above the Torzhok combat training center.
Ka-52 helicopter crashes in Moscow near residential neighborhood (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
RT.com October 29, 2013 12:02
A helicopter crashed just meters away from residential houses in the South East of Moscow. The Russian Emergencies Ministry said the pilots managed to bail out in time, but received trauma injuries.
The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed it was an experimental military helicopter, Ka-52K.
Both pilots have been taken to hospital and remain in serious condition, the head of Moscow’s Department of Healthcare Georgy Golukhov told Interfax.
Eyewitnesses of the accident said the helicopter’s crash was followed by two loud explosions. The aircraft fell in a wooded area, reportedly near a helipad. Thick smoke from the fire is now covering the neighborhood.
“A green helicopter is on fire, the area of the blaze is around 20 square meters,” an Emergencies Ministry spokesman told RIA.
The combat helicopter turned out to be a naval version of Ka-52 undergoing tests for the future deployment on Russian Mistral-class carriers.
“The crash-landed Ka-52 helicopter was undergoing tests in the Kamov design bureau as part of a research and development process. The aircraft was piloted by a crew from the design bureau,” the ministry said in a statement.
The Kamov Ka-52 “Alligator” (NATO reporting name Hokum B) is a modified two-seat model of a renowned Russian attack helicopter, the Ka-50 “Black Shark.” The distinctive coaxial rotor system of these attack helicopters allows high maneuverability, and they have become support helicopters of choice for Russian special forces.
This is the second crash involving the Ka-52 since it was officially put into operation in 2011. In the previous accident, a Ka-52 crashed during a training flight in adverse weather conditions near Torzhok in Russia’s Tver Region in March 2012. Both pilots were killed in the accident.
Post by TsarSamuil on Nov 22, 2013 16:54:00 GMT -5
Armenia Says It's Ready to Host Russian Combat Helicopters.
YEREVAN, November 21 (RIA Novosti) – Armenia will allocate additional space at the Erebuni air base to host a Russian helicopter squadron being formed to strengthen the Russian air contingent in the former Soviet state, Armenia’s deputy defense minister said Thursday.
Russia’s 3624th Air Base at Erebuni Airport in Yerevan currently hosts at least 16 MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jets operating under air defense agreements concluded between the members of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
“The Russian base will be given additional space to host helicopter pads, administrative buildings and fuel-storage facilities,” Ara Nazaryan said at a government meeting.
Nazaryan said the Russian squadron at the Erebuni base would comprise 18 helicopters, but did not specify what type. He also said the squadron was expected to arrive by the end of this month.
The Erebuni air base is part of Russia’s 102nd military base located in Gyumri, near Armenia’s border with Turkey.
The 102nd base has been deployed in Gyumri since 1995 under a bilateral treaty that was extended in 2010 from 25 to 49 years, ensuring a Russian military presence in Armenia through 2044.
Artur Bagdasaryan, head of Armenia’s National Security Council, said in June that Russian military bases in Armenia will be modernized and upgraded over the next few years.
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 19, 2013 16:43:13 GMT -5
Russia to Develop 5th-Generation Attack Helicopter by 2017.
PERM, December 19 (RIA Novosti) – It could take Russia about three years to complete the development of a fifth-generation attack helicopter and start testing its prototype, a defense industry official said Wednesday.
The Mi-28NM, a modernized version of the Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopter that is being upgraded to standards of a fifth-generation aircraft, has been in development since 2008.
“I think we will need no more than three years to develop a new modernized version of the Mi-28N helicopter,” said Andrei Shibitov, chief executive officer of the Russian Helicopters company.
Shibitov did not specify the characteristics of the future combat helicopter, but he was quoted earlier by the Russian media as saying that the criteria for a fifth-generation attack helicopter must include low radar signature, an extended flying range, an advanced weapons control system, the capability to combat fighter jets and have a speed of up to 600 kilometers (370 miles) per hour.
Russian combat helicopter units conducted training flights in the Rostov region in southern Russia on Thursday. The pilots and tech crews practiced firing live rounds, maneuvering and preparing helicopters for the mission.
Mil Mi-28 (NATO reporting name 'Havoc') is a Russian all-weather, day-night, military tandem, two-seat anti-armor attack helicopter. The model, in it's Night Stalker modification was fitted with a single gun in an undernose barbette, with external loads carried on pylons beneath the stub wings.
Mil Mi-24 (NATO reporting name: Hind) can operate as a fire-support gunship, attack helicopter and low-capacity troop transport. Both helicopters are named for the engineer Mikhail Mil.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 25, 2014 15:32:35 GMT -5
Advanced Russian High-Speed Helicopter Could Have Military Version.
MOSCOW, May 20 (RIA Novosti) – A new Russian high-speed helicopter currently under development may be adapted for military use, a manager at an avionics systems manufacturer involved in the project told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
"We’ve had talks about the military version," said Givi Janjgava, Deputy Director General of Radio-Electronic Technologies KRET.
A KRET representative earlier told RIA Novosti that the company is developing a glass cockpit for the helicopter, known by its Russian acronym PSV (Advanced High-Speed Helicopter).
The new glass cockpit would replace the cumbersome array of traditional dials and gauges with a computerized display that can optimize information and reduce distractions to pilots.
The press service of KRET earlier said that the company will participate in the 7th International Exhibition HelliRussia-2014, where it would unveil the new helicopter.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 25, 2014 15:33:06 GMT -5
No Plans to Export Russian Alligator Attack Helicopters Before 2016 – Arms Exporter.
MOSCOW, May 22 (RIA Novosti) – Talks with foreign partners to purchase Russia’s Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopters will begin in earnest in 2016 or 2017, a representative of Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Thursday.
The Ka-52 was unveiled internationally at the 50th Le Bourget airshow last June.
“This is the case of a prospect of 2016-2017,” Vladislav Kuzmichev told RIA Novosti at the HeliRussia 2014 expo in Moscow.
Kuzmichev added that the the helicopter is currently being demonstrated to potential customers.
The Ka-52 Hokum-B is a modification of the Ka-50 Hokum. It has a maximum speed of 350 kilometers per hour, a flight ceiling of 5,500 meters, and a range of over 1,000 kilometers.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 14, 2014 17:00:11 GMT -5
Pentagon 'defies Congress to buy Russian helicopters for Afghanistan'
RT.com August 14, 2014 09:15
Despite the anti-Russian sanctions drive, the US DoD opposes American lawmakers in wanting to buy Russian-made helicopters for the Afghan forces, said Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport.
“Despite the protests from the congressmen, suggestions of American-made alternative options, the Pentagon-level US officials are insisting on buying the Russian helicopters,” Rosoboronexport deputy head Igor Sevastyanov told journalists on Thursday.
He added that some people in the US military told the Russians that they would prefer some of the Russian arms, including helicopters, to be used by the US troops if it were possible, but it's not due to political reasons.
The US and Russia signed three separate contracts for supplying a total of 70 Mil Mi-17V5 helicopters to Afghanistan. Afghan pilots favor them for reliability and a record of deployment in the country dating back to the Soviet military campaign in the 1980s. Russia has delivered 45 aircraft, and a possible extra order is on the table.
Some US lawmakers have been campaigning to derail the supplies, with tension intensifying in February 2014, when the US and Russia had a major fallout due to the political crisis in Ukraine.
Washington targeted a number of Russian companies with its sanctions, including those selling arms. This put on hold a contract with the Russian Weapons Company, the importer of authentic Kalashnikov-family small weapons from Russia. The plan before the sanctions were imposed was to deliver up to 200,000 units annually, sparking a hike in demand for the legendary weapons in the US.
Iraq Gets Third Batch of Russian Mi-35M Helicopters: Arms Think Tank.
MOSCOW, October 1 (RIA Novosti) – Iraq's Ministry of Defense has received the third batch of Russian Mi-35M helicopters, as part of a contract signed in 2012, an official representative of the Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade (CAWAT) told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
"The exact number of helicopters in the third batch is not mentioned, but, most likely, Baghdad received four Mi-35Ms, like in the first two batches," the CAWAT representative said.
"If the accelerated pace of deliveries, which follows a request from the Iraqi side, is maintained, the contract is very likely to be fully implemented by the end of this year," the representative added.
Iraq signed a contract with Russia on the delivery of 28 Mi-35M helicopters and 15 Mi-28NE "Night Hunter" attack helicopters in October 2012.
In November 2013, Iraq received the first four Mi-35M helicopters. The next four Mi-35Ms were delivered to Iraq on June 2, 2014.
Also in June, Iraq received the first batch of Mi-28NE attack helicopters. According to the CAWAT representative, at least three Mi-28NEs were included in the batch.
On August 30, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense confirmed that it had received the second "Night Hunter" batch, which included at least three units, the CAWAT representative said.
The representative noted that because of delayed military assistance and red tape, which come amid the growing Islamic State (IS) threat, the Iraqi government has refused to sign a US proposal for the purchase of 24 Boeing AH-64E "Apache Guardian" attack helicopters. The offer expired in August.
Russian Mi-17 Helicopter ‘Game Changer’ for Afghan Forces: US General.
WASHINGTON, October 3 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Mi-17 helicopter has been a "game changer" in the movement of Afghan forces and supplies in the fight against Taliban insurgents, the United States Army general in charge of American operations and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said.
"I think they (Mi-17) have been a force multiplier for the special operating forces and for the conventional forces, the army and the police, they have been mostly moving forces and providing resupply," US Army Gen. John F. Campbell told a gathering of reporters inside the Pentagon briefing room Thursday.
"I think that capability continues to build confidence in the Afghan security forces and Afghan people. I have been really, really impressed," Campbell noted.
General went on to say Mi-17's capabilities were allowing Afghan soldiers to be resupplied under difficult terrain and weather circumstances. Campbell called the Mi-17 capabilities "pretty incredible."
There are currently 84 Mi-17 helicopters being used by Afghan forces and an additional three more are expected, Campbell said.
The use of the Mi-17 has not been without controversy among those in Congress. In August, the US Representative for Connecticut's 3rd congressional district, member of the Democratic Party, Rosa DeLauro told CBS news the US government should not be supporting contract with the Russian government or contractor Rosoboronexport because it would be supporting the "the coffers of Russian arms dealers."
US military officials, including Campbell, have disagreed with any restrictions on the Mi-17 use in Afghanistan by coalition members.
Afghan Border Police members and Kandahar Air Wing pilots offload humanitarian aid from an Afghan Air Force Mi-17 helicopter
Post by TsarSamuil on Dec 20, 2014 18:05:48 GMT -5
Russia: Check out this BADASS Night Hunter attack chopper!
RuptlyTV Dec 17, 2014
Russia’s famed Rostvertol helicopter plant put on show both their Mi-28NE Night Hunter and the Mi-26T civilian chopper in Rostov-on-Don, Thursday.
Plant technians put the Mi-28NE Night Hunter through its paces both in the air and on the ground. The all-weather, two-seat anti-armour heavily armed chopper is exclusively designed to attack. Underneath its nose is a 30 mm Shipunov 2A42 auto-cannon that can fire up to 550 High Explosive Incendiary or Armour-Piercing rounds per minute with an effective range of 1.5 km. The side pylons typically carry a pair of eight anti-tank Ataka missile racks along with 2 B-13L rocket pods which can take up to five S-13 rockets.
Russian Western Military District Receives New Batch of Mi-17V5 Helicopters.
MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 16:54 16.01.2015(updated 17:14 16.01.2015)
MOSCOW, January 16 (Sputnik) — Russia's Western Military District has received a fresh batch of Mi-17V-5 transport helicopters and is set to receive more, the head of the district's press service Colonel Oleg Kochetkov told Russia's RIA Novosti on Friday.
"About ten of the new Mi-8MTV-5 [the domestic designation for the Mi-17V-5] military transport helicopters have entered into the army aviation brigade in the Western Military District, stationed in the Pskov region," Kochetkov told RIA Novosti. "It is expected that by the end of the month, the brigade will receive another [shipment]," he added.
The district's pilots and aircrew have been undergoing training in order to familiarize them with the new equipment, and regular flights will begin soon. Given that the helicopter is designed to operate in a wide variety of environmental and geographic conditions, pilots have been undergoing flight simulator training, including takeoff and landing on makeshift airfields, aircraft carriers and in mountainous terrain. The training is also said to have included preparation for emergency situations, and the use of weaponry.
The Mi-17V-5 is the latest modification to the successful, time-tested Mi-8 design, which was recently rated third among Flightglobal's 2015 'Top 10' most popular military aviation designs for 2015. The modification, presently in use by Afghan Security Forces, has been designed with multiple roles in mind, including troop and cargo transport, heavy duty cargo transport via an external sling, as well as search and rescue and fire support missions.
Last October, General Campbell of the US forces in Afghanistan praised the Mi-17V5, saying that it has "been a force multiplier for the special operating forces and for the conventional forces, the army and the police." He noted that he had "been really, really impressed" with the helicopter's performance, noting that its ability to provide cargo and troop transport support in difficult terrain and climatic conditions was "pretty incredible."
India's Hindustan Aeronautics plans to produce a licensed version of the Kazan Helicopter plant's Mi-17; 78 nations currently operate the craft. Over 17,000 different variations of the helicopter have been produced to date since the beginning of production in the early 1960s.
Iraq Receives Second Shipment of Russian Mi-28NE Attack Helicopters (VIDEO)
MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 13:49 02.02.2015
Iraq has received a second shipment of Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters, which are designed to destroy aerial and ground targets during any time of day and under any weather conditions.
MOSCOW, February 2 (Sputnik) — The Iraqi Army Air Corps has received a second shipment of two Russian Mi-28NE "Night Hunter" attack helicopters, Iraq's Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday.
"The Iraqi Ground Forces' Air Corps has received another shipment consisting of two Mi-28NE Night Hunter helicopters," the ministry announced in a press release. According to a video published by the ministry, the helicopters arrive on an An-124-100 jet belonging to Volga-Dnepr airlines.
According to the Moscow-based Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade, in October 2012 Russia and Iraq concluded a contract to supply 28 Mi-35M and 15 Mi-28NE attack helicopters to the country. The first shipment arrived in Iraq on August 28, 2014.
The Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopter is designed for search-and-destroy missions during any time of day and during difficult weather conditions, and can destroy armored and non-armored vehicles and equipment, enemy manpower and low-speed aerial targets. Its armaments consist of a 30-mm 2A42 autocannon with 250 rounds, 9M114 Shturm or 9M120 Ataka anti-tank guided missiles, 9M39 Igla-V and R-3 air-to-air missiles, S-8 and S-13 unguided rockets, and UPK-23-250V 23 mm machine gun pods.
Updated Ka-27 Helicopter to Join Russian Navy in 2015.
Sputnik RUSSIA 17:17 02.04.2015
A batch of Kamov Ka-27 ship-based antisubmarine warfare helicopters will be repaired and upgraded by the Russian Helicopters Holding Company, with the first updated units slated to enter service already before the end of this year, the company press service said Thursday.
"The pilot helicopter, equipped with modern target detection and identification gear, has successfully undergone state trials. It is capable of detecting and tracking submerged and surface targets, engaging them with onboard weapons or communicating the obtained data to the fleet.
The upgrade of the Ka-27 aircraft will continue through 2016-2017,” the statement said.
“Successful modernization of the Ka-27 enables us to offer similar upgrades of the Ka-28 export units currently in use abroad, or offer our foreign buyers the very latest, expanded, version of this helicopter,” the company press service said.
The Kamov Ka-27 is a ship-based multi-role helicopter which has been in service since 1981.
Two key variants were designed for the Soviet and Russian navies: an anti-submarine warfare version and a search-and-rescue version.
Built by the Kumertau Aviation Production Company, the Ka-27 helicopter is designed for detecting, tracking and destroying submarines moving at depths up to 500 meters at speeds up to 75 kph by day or night.
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